Jewel: How Her Imperfections Got Her Ahead in Hollywood

06/16/2010 at 03:00 PM ET

Courtesy Shape

When it comes to her looks, Jewel has heard it all–from being labeled “the chubby Renée Zellweger” to being criticized for her crooked teeth. Happily, the singer has learned to embrace her imperfections–which actually helped land her 1999 role in the Civil War drama Ride With the Devil. “I asked [the director], ‘Why me? You could’ve had anyone you wanted. And he said, ‘You have period teeth,'” recalls the country star in the July issue of Shape. “So I got the job because I was the only actress in Hollywood who hadn’t gotten her teeth fixed!” But none of the country girl‘s apparent ‘flaws’ are evident on the magazine’s cover, where she looks as fit as ever in a striped bikini. And it seems the 36-year-old — who cops to a weakness for “a vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting” — owes her fabulous figure to losing her old “all-or-nothing mentality” about diet. “I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs,” she tells Shape. “I had to remind myself that standards of beauty are very fickle. One minute J. Lo‘s body is considered beautiful, and the next, everyone wants to look like Kate Moss. I’m all for people wanting to feel more confident, but altering your body to fit a current trend is serious stuff.” For more on Jewel, pick up the July issue of Shape or visit shape.com.–Alison Schwartz

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PingBlogs on

Just came across the blog searching, pretty clean blog…

Adden

AnnF on

Her legs look digitally altered. Especially the leg on the right. It’s a shame that Shape is constantly altering their covers instead of celebrating stars for their actual shape.

Seriously? on

Her entire BODY is Photoshopped, but that’s normal for Shape magazine. They also seem to have “fixed” her teeth. Seriously, you’d think a magazine that promotes women being healthy and fit wouldn’t fake perfection on every cover.

Pam on

She’s lovely and what a voice! Also has a very charming and handsome husband!

Mel on

They didn’t airbrush her teeth to make them look better. She recently had them fixed.

KB on

Shape does not alter the people on the covers. I get Shape magazine every month and although they are constantly blamed for Photoshopping, they are quite adamant about the fact that they do NOT alter anything. If you looked closer every month, you would realize this too.

David on

I would bet that the people talking about photoshop and altering her leg are probably big fat house cows that are jealous. So what if they did airbrush her leg…she looks better then you ever will or have!

nvsue on

KB — You think they DON’T airbrush their covers? This is what they said after the Kelly Clarkson cover uproar:

Self editors admitted that the photo was retouched and Self’s editor-in-chief Lucy Danzinger even devoted a blog post to the debate, saying that photo editing,” is meant to inspire women to want to be their best.”

“Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best. Did we publish an act of fiction? No. Not unless you think all photos are that. But in the sense that Kelly is the picture of confidence, and she truly is, then I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand,” writes Danzinger.

I don’t buy Shape anymore for this reason.

KLS on

I’m confused nvsue, are you talking about Self or Shape?

Joseph Stalin on

I stopped listening to her music after she sold out….

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